An unsentimental elegy to the American West, "Sweetgrass" follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. This astonishingly beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed.
- Produced by Ilisa Barbash
- Recorded by Lucien Castaing-Taylor
- Sound Editing and Mix / Ernst Karel
- Colorist / Patrick Lindenmaier
- 101 min, 35mm, 2009
"The ecstasy is ours, in contemplating these ravishing images."
— The Guardian
"The images, including sheep on the move up near vertical hills, are remarkable, the landscape spectacular, the unsentimental account of back-breaking, backside-aching work impressive."
— The Observer
"The definition of niche, but one dedicated to some of the highest ideals of film: it brings us information from a place we’ve never been, and with a rapturous innocence."
— Financial Times
- New Yorker, Movies' Pick 2010
- New York Times, Critics' Pick 2010
- Village Voice, Film Pick 2010
- Washington Post, Critics' Pick 2010
- Best Feature, 2010 Play-Doc Festival, Spain
- Der Tagesspiegel 2009 'Top' Film of Berlinale
- Audience Award, 2010 Environmental Film Fest, FL
- Audience Award, 2010 Punto de Vista, Pamplona, Spain
- Artistic Excellence Award, 2010 Big Sky Film Festival, MT
- Best International Doc, 2009 Astra Film Festival, Romania